I don't like to say that the television makes the room, but in this case it makes the space. I had many questions from readers asking why my tv bench was so low and wouldn't that be uncomfortable for viewing. When I designed this area of the basement I always planned on mounting the television to the wall of board and batten above the tv bench. The board and batten mimics the rest of the board and battern throughout the room. Now it is mostly hidden by the television, but it all makes sense visually.
I decided against a huge television. A 40 inch wall mounted television doesn't overwhelm the space. This room is not all about the television and I didn't want a tv that would dominate the space. I could have put less bookcases and had room for a bigger tv but for me storage is much more of a necessity!
At this point the television is mounted with the outlet directly behind it. The HDMI cables and other wires needed were snaked through the wall. I made sure to purchase the kind for inside the wall. They come out in the center portion of the tv bench, above the drawers. There is an outlet there as well so no visible wires!
We purchased a blu ray dvd player since we decided we didn't want cable down there. That will come eventually but for now this will be the movie night tv. My children are young and I still want to know what and when they are watching tv. The blu ray connects to our wireless router upstairs so we are able to use Netflix, etc. to watch what we want, when we want. I'm still figuring out how it all works but so far I love blu ray!